A single mom laments her son’s 20-month stay in a county jail. “He’s just sitting there. No trial, no nothing,” Another is driven to secure a loan at 150 percent interest to pay the bail of a loved one. And yet another mom resorts to living in her car with her kids.*
Sadly, these are not isolated cases. Thousands of Americans find their lives and those of their families forever altered, languishing in prison for misdemeanor offenses because they cannot afford bail or pay attorney fees.
CIVIL RIGHTS CORPS AND ESSIE JUSTICE GROUP ARE MEETING THESE INJUSTICES STRAIGHT ON.
“JusticeAid is honored to shine a light on our two 2018 beneficiaries,” states Stephen Milliken, Founder & CEO of JusticeAid. “They are effecting systematic change and legislative reform to eliminate the criminalization of poverty and 21st-century debtors’ prisons across the nation.
THE STORIES FROM WOMEN WITH INCARCERATED LOVED ONES ARE ESPECIALLY HORRIFYING.
One in four women in the United States has a loved one in jail. For women of color, it’s one out of two. The emotional and financial toll falls predominantly on these women according to Gina Clayton, Executive Director and Founder of Essie Justice Group. Her organization brings together women with incarcerated loved ones.
“Our mission is to empower these women to advocate for themselves, their families, and their communities, and mobilize to change the bail bond system that dramatically impacts their lives and communities.” —Gina Clayton